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    So I just saw Batman Begins...

    ....and as a long time Batman fan, I must give it my unequivocal thumbs up. Great, great movie.

    Was treated to a premiere courtesy of a local rock station who was giving out passes to tonight's special screening.

    Some of my thoughts, and please fellow Batman fans, contribute your thoughts on this as you see this movie this week.

    Christian Bale as Batman - Solid choice. He plays the three roles well, with enough inner conflict to make him a great Batman. I don't know what it is, but for some reason, he always looks like he has lipstick and face makeup on when he's wearing the Batman mask. Maybe that's just the way his face is, but it caught my eye. They have him doing quite a bit of martial arts training in the begining, which is a different touch, but it works in the context. Also does a great job of showing how he's conflicted by bats, and how he comes about to choose 'bats" as his weapon of fear.

    Rather than share much else of the plot, because it has some nice turns, splits and surprises, I'll say there are several great points of humor littered during very serious scenes, which sets the tone for the movie. Made it go by quickly despite it being nearly 2:30 hours. The ending is great, a funny twist, and the entire theatre I was in roared with laughter and applause.

    Commish. Gordon appears in the movie as "Sgt" Gordon, and sets up how the two work together in the series.

    If your looking for a "pre-qual" or a continuation of the other Batman movies in the last two decades - don't.

    The movie makes sure to cut the ties by making several big departures, including changes in details of how Bruce's parents are killed and who does it, a complete change from the first Batman w/ Michael Keaton.

    The film is dark, yet makes light jokes at the right times to keep it moving.

    The realism factor makes a big difference in learning how he becomes Batman as well, and I thought was a great touch. Lots of big time actors too, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine, who at times steals the show.

    Anyway, I've been a longtime Batman fan, and was quite irked at how much a steaming pile of you know what the last two movies have been.

    From this fan, the movie gets a big thumbs up. Go see it.

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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Which villains are in this Batman?
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
    Which villains are in this Batman?
    Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul
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    Everything I've heard of the flick has been glowing. Batman is without a doubt my favorite comic book character and I am so thrilled to hear that they have finally captured the gritty essence of the Batman series. I can't wait!

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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    Lots of big time actors too, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine, who at times steals the show.
    Which one of these does not belong with the others?

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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Thanks for the report Josh..sounds like it's worth a viewing
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Saw the 12:01 showing/ premiere last night. Amazing, just amazing. You WILL like this movie.
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Thanks for the report, Josh. Did the artist formerly known as Prince do the soundtrack? I really like Prince.
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Quote Originally Posted by DoogMinAmo
    Saw the 12:01 showing/ premiere last night. Amazing, just amazing. You WILL like this movie.
    Just got back, ABSOLUTELY loved it. This is by far the best Batman movie yet.
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    It is very good. And this is coming from a Marvel fan (come on, I grew up in the 70s, how could I avoid it?). Lots of big name actors playing smaller roles so that they don't get annoying and cloud the fact that you're watching a movie about a comic book hero. Not a lot of fluff and wasted energy--gets down to business early and often. Very entertaining.

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    I liked it too. I can't believe the guy who directed "Memento" ended-up directing a Batman movie. It made me wonder what Guy Pearce would've been like in the Batman role although I thought Christian Bale was very good. I also loved the performances of Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman.
    The only bad things about the movie(IMO):
    1.Katie Holmes' character was totally pointless. Why must every movie have a superfluous love interest? Bleh.
    2. Some of the stuff about the nature of evil, criminals blah blah blah seemed kind of stupid. I know it's just an action movie but really there's no need to insult the audience's intelligence unduly.
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Quote Originally Posted by Larkin411
    1.Katie Holmes' character was totally pointless. Why must every movie have a superfluous love interest? Bleh.
    But she was hot.

    I do agree. With Spiderman, you had Mary Jane. With Superman, you had Lois Lane. With Batman, you dont have that luxury unless you work Catwoman into the equation.
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    I've read books about sparkling vampires who walk around in the daylight that were written better than a John Fay article.

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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed
    But she was hot.

    I do agree. With Spiderman, you had Mary Jane. With Superman, you had Lois Lane. With Batman, you dont have that luxury unless you work Catwoman into the equation.
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Also, nobody can stop Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman
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    Re: So I just saw Batman Begins...

    Can't wait to see it. Here's a scene on the cutting room floor. Katie Holmes was busy


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